BURBANK, Wash. - Columbia-Burbank's Zach Werlinger never knew what hit him. The 140-pound sophomore receiver thought he had some open space over the middle in Tuesday's playoff win against Granger.
"I told Jake (Haworth), just throw it to me. Jake said 'he's waiting for you.' I guess he was right."
Granger's senior leader Mario Mengarelli had Werlinger zeroed in the whole way and unleashed the scariest tackle we've seen all season. (see clip) Werlinger wobbled as he got to his feet.
"It was weird. i was out of it. They told me to get my ear piece which was knocked out, and I started looking for my mouthpiece."
On his own, he went back in the game two plays later, and his first play back made a one-handed catch to set up the tying score. The Coyotes rallied around that and won the game with eight seconds left.
The next day, he was still sore. His teachers let him skip class the first two hours, while back at the high school, they were showing the clip on kndu.com to the students.
The Coyotes next playoff game is Saturday at 4 p.m. in Camas.